Feb 11, 2013 6:00am EST
are getting word from a wire service that apparently pope benedict the 16th is about to resign. if you go back a year ago when he turned 85, there was some speculation that he might call it quits because of his declining health. there has been no additional update on why the pope is going to resign, but nonetheless the story is out there. we've got reporters on it. and as soon as we know why, we will share that with you. >>gretchen: that will be huge news obviously, so we'll keep you posted. let's go to the other top story which is the extreme weather alert. now we're talking about down south. a massive tornado caught on camera ripping through the heart of has -- hattiesburg, mississippi. >> happening right outside my hotel. check this out. look at that. >>gretchen: the devastating twister leaving at least 4,200 people without power. >> dude, that's insane. >> oh my! >> it's about to hit sam's. >>gretchen: as the tornado traveled down the main street, it mangled homes, businesses and several buildings on the campus of the university of southern mississippi. >> i saw it right around, as it was
Feb 13, 2013 3:00am PST
. today is ash wednesday, the first day of lent. this morning pope benedict xvi held a service, his first public announcement since announcing he's going to resign at the end of this month. our fox news religious correspondent, father jonathan morris joins us live. good morning to you. >> blessed ash wednesday >>steve: thank you. you were with us when we discovered he is going to retire. since then we've gotten more news and that is apparently the holy father got some part replaced on his pacemaker. >> that's right. years ago he had a pacemaker put in, and then about a month or so ago he had -- or a couple of months ago he had the pacemaker battery replaced. i think it's a pretty normal thing. i think the big news here, steve, is that while many people were saying there must be something else behind the news; it can't be that he's actually resigning on his own free will for the sake of the church. it turns out it looks like it's the case. >>steve: it certainly does. health reasons. those are live pictures of st. peter's square in vatican city, where you used to work for a number of years.